My Beauty Routine: Megan Howard

I met Megan when she joined the team at Follain a year or so ago. I was immediately drawn to her warm personality and effortless style. Megan always looks pulled together and is someone who truly glows from the inside out. I am excited to share Megan’s beauty routine with you — as this marks the first of a fun new series on the blog.

Don’t forget to read through to the bottom, as we’re sharing a special discount code and a big giveaway valued at $270!

Walk us through your am skincare routine:

I try my best to only wash my face at night so I splash with cold water and follow up with a few spritzes of Josh Rosebrook Hydrating Accelerator. This spray is the BEST multi-use product; it enhances the efficacy of moisturizer by prepping the skin for the delivery of nutrients, combats in-flight dehydration when traveling, and does a killer job of setting make-up. I pat on La Bella Figura Decouverte Under Eye Serum (green coffee bean for dark circles and blue tanzy, an amazing anti-inflammatory, for puffiness) and May Lindstrom Youth Dew (CoQ-10 for collagen production and 20 regenerating plant and botanical oils) and I’m good to go.

Walk us through your pm skincare routine:

I typically tackle my night routine as soon as I get home so I can freely pass out while reading (or, you know, watching Westworld). Farmaesthetics Fine Herbal Cleanser is my ride or die. It smells incredible (thanks to lavender and geranium) and lathers naturally using saponified coconut oil (no SLS or harsh agents). I follow up with La Bella Figura Modern Radiance Concentrate (high-octane Vitamin C for brightening) and Tammy Fender Intensive Repair (for baby skin, ‘nuff said).

As the weather starts to get warmer, do you switch out any heavier products for lighter ones?

I incorporate creams into my routine during the winter because the larger water molecules tend to sit on the surface of skin, acting as a protective barrier in harsh weather conditions (i.e., wind and snow). Since that’s not so much of a concern when summer rolls around, I plan to switch out the Intensive Repair Balm for a jar of May Lindstrom Blue Cocoon I stashed away. Many plant and botanical-based oils, alternatively, have smaller molecule sizes that are able to penetrate skin tissue to treat and repair on a cellular level. I love to incorporate one (or two!) oils or balms that deliver a variety of nutrients for a more robust routine.

Sunscreen is so important! How do you work that into your beauty routine? Any favorites for face and body?

Absolutely! I’d like to think one of the best things that ever happened to my skin was moving from Florida to Massachusetts. A few favorites: Josh Rosebrook Nutrient Day Cream for everyday, Raw Elements Tinted Facial Moisturizer for beach and boat days, and Suntegrity Mineral Sunscreen for body. All SPF 30. There’s a lot of debate right now regarding whether “high SPF” products are more effective. SPF 30 blocks 97% of UVB rays and, since no level is able to offer 100% protection, any additional protection from higher SPFs is marginal. I’m also an advocate of large sunnies and chic sun hats.

When did you start wearing makeup? Who are the beauty influences in your life?

Besides my short stint with black eyeliner in middle school (my mother nixed that REAL quick), I didn’t truly start wearing and experimenting with makeup until college. It was kind of a disaster. I tried so hard to do what I saw other people doing and it never looked quite right. Around my senior year, I started paying more attention to what I felt most confident wearing and what looked best. While eye shadow tends not to wear well on me, I love bold lipstick. I also love Pinterest. I’ll pin some looks, mostly from the runways, and make some mental notes of what will go well with my wardrobe for the season. I think it’s important to clean house seasonally, throw out things that are old, and add a few new ones to feel inspired by.

Since you started working at Follain, how has your routine and relationship with skincare changed?

It’s definitely more of a “ritual” for me now. That’s likely why I don’t wear makeup most weekdays, the timing factor aside. When something becomes monotonous, it can start to lose its meaning. When I do makeup for an event or night out, I’ll put on music and take my time and it starts to feel indulgent. Makeup and skincare application, when done intentionally, is such an act of self care. When you feed your skin beautiful and and safe ingredients it becomes a contribution to both your physical and mental health. You’re sending a message to yourself that your well being is important.

What makes you feel beautiful?

Treating myself to a spin or yoga class, a trip to the juice bar after, a long shower, applying a beautiful body oil and mask, getting into a good book. That’s my dream afternoon! I work with people all day and live with my partner so I really value my alone time. It makes me feel good to give myself what I need.

When you’re looking to de-stress and give your skin a break, what do you do? Any favorite masks or relaxing techniques?

Yes! I love a good mask. My #1 is May Lindstrom Problem Solver. It’s a powder-to-mousse formula that detoxifies using bamboo charcoal. My skin feels super smooth and clear every time and I can feel the difference if I don’t use it regularly. I’m also a fan of Tata Harper Resurfacing Mask (a natural chemical peel using pomegranate enzymes to restore the glow) and Farmaesthetics Sweet Milk and Lavender Exfoliate (mix it with the Fine Herbal Cleanser to create a creamy exfoliant).

What about your hair? What kind of shampoo and treatments do you use?

I bounce back and forth but always go back to the Rahua Shampoo and Conditioner. No matter how hard I try (admittedly not very hard), I can’t quit washing my hair every day and this pairing has the right balance for it. After showering, I only use two products: Yarok Feed Your Ends Leave-In Conditioner (super lightweight and doubles as a heat protectant) and Kahina Argan Oil on the ends once hair is dry.

Go-to hairstyle?

I keep it simple six out of seven days and let it air dry. This is mostly dictated by time as it takes me longer than I’ll admit to style it properly. I comb it with a wide tooth and do the leave-in conditioner and argan oil. Less brushing and products = more texture.

How has your idea around beauty changed as you’ve gotten older?

I think it all has to do with knowing yourself. You continue to define your personal style as you age and beauty is part of that. I’ve accepted that certain things don’t look great on me and that’s totally okay. The other night I went out with just lipstick on and hadn’t touched my hair and I was cool with it. I used to not go out unless I had done the whole thing. Not allowing your confidence level to be dictated by the amount of time and effort spent is kind of liberating. I also have a much deeper appreciation for skincare and safe alternatives. I’m not sure if that’s an age thing so much as it is being exposed to so many incredible products and learning about the links between chemical toxicity and disease. Once you begin to truly understand how important it is to know what’s going on and into your body, it’s something you can’t unlearn.

We’re excited to offer our readers a 10% discount using code GOCLEAN on all orders through 5/17/17. Also, we’re hosting a big giveaway (valued at $270!) over on Instagram. The lucky winner with win: Farmaesthetics Fine Herbal Cleanser, La Bella Figura Decouverte, and May Lindstrom Problem Solver. You can enter here — good luck!

Image credit: Megan Howard

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